Two days after Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck down the Hudson River Park Bikeway and killed eight people and wounded 12 others, the state and local Departments of Transportation began installing hundreds of concrete barriers along the bike path.
The barriers will be placed at 57 pedestrian and vehicle intersections on the bikeway that runs from West 59th Street to Battery Place, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio told The New York Times.
The 31 intersections for vehicular access will have six concrete jersey barriers installed by the state’s DOT, while the city’s DOT will place a pair of large concrete cubes at the 26 pedestrian access points.
The state will continue monitoring the necessity of more barriers or other tactics, spokeswoman Jennifer K. Post told the Times.
“After these safety measures are installed, there may be areas at the intersections that will be more narrow than they used to be,” Sarle said. “But I would trade a little speed for substantially more safety any day.”
Sarle did say that the barrier placements may be altered if congestion does become an issue, however.
I guess that's one way to stop trucks from getting onto the bike path... pic.twitter.com/A8sjq1kXzP— 🚲 Jeff Jenkins 🚲 (@jeffwjenkins) November 2, 2017
Transportation Alternatives, which according to its website is a 100,000-strong committee of activists in all five boroughs who aim to “reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile and to promote bicycling, walking, public transit,” did not yet respond to a Metro request for comment on the new barriers.
But in a statement posted to its site on Thursday, the group did say that the city should better monitor and manage car and truck traffic for bike lanes, pedestrian plazas and the most crowded sidewalks.
The group suggested the addition of bollards, granite blocks as well as “other proven countermeasures to protect bikers and walkers.”
“With the very real threats that New York City faces, we must restrict vehicle access to New York City’s most vulnerable areas, such as Lower Manhattan and Midtown,” the organization wrote. “More widely, the City of New York should begin regulating and limiting truck and vehicle access to our city’s most crowded areas the same way that many European cities do for both safety, security and street efficiency rationales. An obvious opportunity for improvement would be to move deliveries that require large trucks to overnight hours when streets are not teeming with pedestrians and cyclists.”